Saturday, February 25, 2012

Enclave Tourism

Rory saw a reference to enclave tourism and wrote for further information. The word enclave has both literal and figurative definitions. A physical enclave is a portion of territory or an entire country completely surrounded by another country. A figurative enclave is a group of people who are culturally, intellectually, or socially distinct from surrounding populations.

Enclave tourism involves a resort set up in such a manner that it is entirely self-sufficient. Contact with indigenous people is practically nonexistent. If the resort is located in a developing country, guests will have little or no opportunity to experience local culture and commerce. Insulation and isolation are regarded as positive safety measures, but local resentment is almost inevitable.

Ultimately, the word enclave comes from Latin words that amount to “locking in.” The -clav- sequence (signifying key) shows up in a few other words.

  • conclave: the assembly of cardinals met for the election of a Pope.
  • claviature: the keyboard of an organ or pianoforte.
  • clavichord: a musical instrument with strings and keys.
  • clavicle: the collarbone.
  • claviger: a key-keeper.

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